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Tallahassee Area - Florida State Parks

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Tallahassee, Florida 32309
Lake Hall offers swimming and fishing, along with non-motorized boating for canoers and kayakers. Pavilions and grills along the shore provide a perfect setting for picnicking. Two short nature trails through the woods overlooking the lake will enthrall walking enthusiasts, while hikers, bicyclists and equestrians can enjoy five miles of multi-use trails surrounding Lake Overstreet which adjoins the gardens. Read more

Bald Point State Park

Alligator Point, Florida 32346
Each fall, bald eagles and other migrating raptors along with monarch butterflies are commonly seen heading south for the winter. Bald Point offers access to two Apalachee Bay beaches for swimming, sunbathing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing. Facilities include a fishing dock and picnic pavilions. Read more

Econfina River State Park

Lamont, FL, Florida 32336
Those who prefer water activities can explore the river by kayak, canoe or boat. Trails lead to a panoramic view of coastal Florida where lush islands and sand dunes left from a bygone era dot the horizon. The Econfina River empties into the Gulf of Mexico 2.2 miles south of the park's boat ramp with picnic facilities nearby. Equestrians must register with the park office prior to riding the trails. Read more

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Wakulla Springs, Florida 32327
Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer, and birds. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife, and glass bottom boat tours are offered when the water is clear. Swimming is a popular activity during the hot summer months.  Read more

Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park

Tallahassee, Florida 32303
More than eight centuries ago, Native Americans inhabited the area around Lake Jackson, just north of Tallahassee. The park site was part of what is now known as the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex.  Visitors can enjoy a short hike past the remains of an 1800s grist mill or picnic on an open grassy area near the largest mound. Read more

Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park

Tallahassee, FL, Florida 32309
The people who built the mound are believed to have been members of the Weeden Island Culture, a group of Native Americans who lived in North Florida between 200 and 800 A.D. The park offers picnicking, birding, and hiking. A nature trail winds around the perimeter of the ceremonial mound. The picnic area and platform viewing area for the mound are wheelchair-accessible. Read more

Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park

Tallahassee, Florida 32305
Natural Bridge is the site of the second largest Civil War battle in Florida, and where the St. Marks River drops into a sinkhole and flows underground for one-quarter of a mile before reemerging. During the final weeks of the Civil War, a Union flotilla landed at Apalachee Bay, planning to capture Fort Ward (San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park) and march north to the state capital.  Read more

Ochlockonee River State Park

Sopchoppy, Florida 32358
This jewel of a park is a great place to get away for a weekend or a weeklong vacation. Picnic facilities and a swimming area are located near the scenic point where the Ochlockonee and Dead rivers intersect. For overnight visitors, there are full-facility campsites with access to restrooms and showers. Youth group camping is also available. Read more

San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

St. Marks, Florida 32355
The many different flags welcoming visitors to the park demonstrate the colorful history of this site, from the first Spanish explorers to the present day. The museum at the park displays pottery and tools unearthed near the original fort and explains the history of the San Marcos site. A self-guided trail is open to visitors and guided tours are available with two weeks advance notice. Read more
 
 


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